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Ducks and egg laying?

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Okay, so I've heard that some ducks have seasons for laying and some lay year round. Is this true? What breeds lay year round? What breeds have seasons? When are those seasons? When do ducks start laying? About what age do they decrease their laying? For the birds that have seasons, do they go broody once they've laid a clutch? By "season" do you just mean the warmer months, and some breeds just keep going after it gets cold? Sorry for all the questions, but I really want to know more about ducks. big_smile

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Owner of 2 labs , 2 RIR hens, 2 BOs, a polish, a dominique, an EE, a frizzle, and a RIR rooster. Some how manage to not get tired of them.

Life is tough. Life is tougher if you're stupid.

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Don't know about all breeds, but I can tell you about what I've had...
probably depends on where you live, temperature and lenght of daylight in the winter, quality of feed, as well as breed.  most of the breeds I've had start laying around 4 months, but I don't know if that matches everyone's experience.

In high desert (cold winters) So Cal, I've had rouens and khakis that lay until late fall/early winter, then start up again in late march or early april.  I've had Golden 300s (an egg-laying breed) that lay pretty much year round, but just don't lay as frequently in November-February... 7 eggs a week the rest of the year and perhaps 1-3/week in the winter.  I've had cayugas that lay april-august.  I've had mallards that start in march and lay untill they brood, or until july if you don't let them set. 

in general, they don't lay while they're molting, but resume when they're done.  I've had some that lay as reliably after the first moult as before, and some that don't.  sometimes when it's really hot mid summer/august, production drops off a bit. 

If you're looking for layers, the golden 300s have been the most prolific for me, and the rouens have done well, and I've been told harlequin are also great layers.

whatever breed you get, I think duck eggs are *the* best for eating... can't say exactly how they're different from chicken eggs, just that I always think, MAN these eggs are good!

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Thanks! big_smile

Owner of 2 labs , 2 RIR hens, 2 BOs, a polish, a dominique, an EE, a frizzle, and a RIR rooster. Some how manage to not get tired of them.

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Owner of 2 labs , 2 RIR hens, 2 BOs, a polish, a dominique, an EE, a frizzle, and a RIR rooster. Some how manage to not get tired of them.

Life is tough. Life is tougher if you're stupid.

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post #4 of 6

If you want eggs year round, you will have to provide the perfect environment for egg laying. Nobody, no duck, no chicken, is going to provide you with an egg a day all year if you just throw them out in the backyard and let them fend for themselves.

All birds must stop laying and molt at least once a year.

The breeds of duck that are considered to be egg laying breeds are the khaki or Dark Campbell, the Runner, the Welsh Harlequin, and the Golden 300 (which is a hybrid, so not actually a breed).

Silver Appleyards are prolific layers, also, with numbers not far below the average for the above breeds.

The bantams lay low numbers and some of the heavy meat breeds are not prolific layers.

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Originally Posted by Oregon Blues 

Silver Appleyards are prolific layers, also, with numbers not far below the average for the above breeds.


nice to hear that, I've got a trio of those for the first time this year, beautiful ducks! tough to find, but beautiful!

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How about muscovies? Are they layers or meat birds? Or are they pets?

Owner of 2 labs , 2 RIR hens, 2 BOs, a polish, a dominique, an EE, a frizzle, and a RIR rooster. Some how manage to not get tired of them.

Life is tough. Life is tougher if you're stupid.

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Owner of 2 labs , 2 RIR hens, 2 BOs, a polish, a dominique, an EE, a frizzle, and a RIR rooster. Some how manage to not get tired of them.

Life is tough. Life is tougher if you're stupid.

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